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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: [[invoked]]Mentioned in "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died"
-->''Clayton used to tell me "son you better put that old guitar away''
-->''There ain't no money in it, it'll lead you to an early grave"''


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After a stint in the US Army, studying journalism in college, and working as a disk jockey, Hall moved to Nashville in 1964 and established himself as inventive young songwriter. Encouraged to try his hand at performing, he launched his recording career in 1967 with the moderate country hit “I Washed My Face in The Morning Dew”. A year later his song “Harper Valley PTA” was recorded by Jeannie C. Riley and hit #1 on the country and pop charts. This helped kick Hall's career into high gear, and he became one of the most popular country artists of TheSeventies, with six #1 hits on the country charts. One of them, “I Love”, was also a crossover pop hit. As his music career slowed down in TheEighties he turned his focus to writing fiction (publishing novels and short story collections) and performing {{Bluegrass}} music. His profile received a much-needed boost in 1997 when Music/AlanJackson topped the country chart with a CoverVersion of Hall's song “Little Bitty”.

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After a stint in the US Army, studying journalism in college, and working as a disk jockey, Hall moved to Nashville UsefulNotes/{{Nashville}} in 1964 and established himself as inventive young songwriter. Encouraged to try his hand at performing, he launched his recording career in 1967 with the moderate country hit “I Washed My Face in The Morning Dew”. A year later his song “Harper Valley PTA” was recorded by Jeannie C. Riley and hit #1 on the country and pop charts. This helped kick Hall's career into high gear, and he became one of the most popular country artists of TheSeventies, with six #1 hits on the country charts. One of them, “I Love”, was also a crossover pop hit. As his music career slowed down in TheEighties he turned his focus to writing fiction (publishing novels and short story collections) and performing {{Bluegrass}} music. His profile received a much-needed boost in 1997 when Music/AlanJackson topped the country chart with a CoverVersion of Hall's song “Little Bitty”.



* {{UsefulNotes/Appalachia}}: His home region (born and raised in the town of Olive Hill in eastern Kentucky) and the setting for a number of his songs.

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* {{UsefulNotes/Appalachia}}: UsefulNotes/{{Appalachia}}: His home region (born and raised in the town of Olive Hill in eastern Kentucky) and the setting for a number of his songs.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: "Turn It On, Turn It On, Turn It On", where a World War II draft rejectee goes after everyone who made fun of him.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: "Turn It On, Turn It On, Turn It On", where a World War II UsefulNotes/WorldWarII draft rejectee goes after everyone who made fun of him.



* TruckDriversGearChange: He ''loves'' to change keys as a way to emphasize a plot twist in a song.

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* TruckDriversGearChange: He ''loves'' to change keys as a way to emphasize a plot twist PlotTwist in a song.



* YourCheatingHeart: "Margie's at The Lincoln Park Inn"

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* YourCheatingHeart: "Margie's at The Lincoln Park Inn"Inn".
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* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: PlayedForDrama in "I Flew Over Our House Last Night".

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* TheGambler: "Deal", which compares life to a {{TabletopGame/Poker}} game


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Harper Valley PTA" is famously built around one of these.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Harper Valley PTA" is famously built around one of these.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: "Turn It On, Turn It On, Turn It On", where a World War II draft rejectee goes after everyone who made fun of him.

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* TheStoryteller: Took on this persona to the extent that it became his nickname.


-->The man who preached the funeral
-->Said it really was a simple way to die.
-->He laid down to rest one afternoon
-->And never opened up his eyes.

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-->The -->''The man who preached the funeral
-->Said
funeral''
-->''Said
it really was a simple way to die.
-->He
die.''
-->''He
laid down to rest one afternoon
-->And
afternoon''
-->''And
never opened up his eyes.''

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* PassedInTheirSleep: The opening lines of "Ballad of Forty Dollars"
-->The man who preached the funeral
-->Said it really was a simple way to die.
-->He laid down to rest one afternoon
-->And never opened up his eyes.


Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936) is a CountryMusic singer and songwriter. His songs, which mix thoughtful lyrics that often center around [[SliceOfLife narratives of everyday life]] and [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple melodies]], earned him the nickname “The Storyteller”.

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Tom T. Hall '''Thomas "Tom T." Hall''' (born May 25, 1936) is a CountryMusic singer and songwriter. songwriter, widely considered to be one of the best of all time. His songs, which mix thoughtful lyrics that often center around [[SliceOfLife narratives of everyday life]] and [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple melodies]], have earned him the nickname “The Storyteller”.

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* IntellectualAnimal: "The Monkey That Became President"


* ButtMonkey: The narrator of "I Hope It Rains at My Funeral" cannot catch a break from ''anyone'': his father, his lovers, the law...

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* ButtMonkey: The narrator of "I Hope It Rains at At My Funeral" cannot catch a break from ''anyone'': his father, his lovers, the law...


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* ThisIsASong: "I Like Beer"
-->''In some of my songs I have casually mentioned''
-->''The fact that I like to drink beer''
-->''This little song is more to the point''
-->''Roll out the barrel and lend me your ears''

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* ButtMonkey: The narrator of "I Hope It Rains at My Funeral" cannot catch a break from ''anyone'': his father, his lovers, the law...
-->''Ain't no sense in wantin' my life to live over''
-->''I'd find different ways to make those mistakes again''


* LongTitle: A good chunk of his catalogue, with 'The Great East Broadway Onion Championship Of 1978" being the longest.

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* LongTitle: A good chunk of his catalogue, with 'The "The Great East Broadway Onion Championship Of of 1978" being the longest.

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* LongTitle: A good chunk of his catalogue, with 'The Great East Broadway Onion Championship Of 1978" being the longest.

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